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[Transcribed and edited information mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"SWAFFHAM PRIOR, comprises the parishes of St. Mary and St. Cyriac, in the hundred of Staine, county Cambridge, 5 miles north-west of Newmarket, its post town. This parish, which includes part of Newmarket Heath, is bounded on the north by the Cam, and is intersected by several navigable drains or lodes communicating with that river. It contains the hamlet of Reach, and was formerly a market town under a charter granted to the prior of Ely. The living consists of the consolidated vicarages of St. Cyriac and St. Mary, in the diocese of Ely, joint value £301, in the patronage of the bishop and of the dean and chapter alternately. There were formerly two churches, viz:, St. Mary and St. Cyriac, but the former has long been in ruins; the latter has been rebuilt. In the interior is a brass of J. Tochyll in armour, bearing date 1462, also four others of the Waters family. The parochial charities produce about £68 per annum, of which £30 go to Thompson's school, There are National schools for both sexes."

"REACH, (or Reche, or Ruin Reach), a hamlet in the parishes of Burwell and Swaffham Prior, hundreds of Staploe and Stains, county Cambridge, 1 mile from Swaffham Prior, and 6 miles north-west of Newmarket. It was formerly a market town. The Independents have a place of worship.

Reach formed into a civil parish in 1954.

See also Reach main page."

[Transcribed mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson 2010


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